Why October’s IPPS Conference is going to be Awesome

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

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As the end of August wraps up, and I start to feel that subtle change in the air that precedes fall, I can’t help feeling excited about the approaching 21st Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Conference in Orlando, Florida.

And because it’s been so much on my mind lately, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s blog post to filling you all in on the exciting stuff we have planned for this year’s meeting! (We’re really shaking things up this year!) For those of you who are planning to attend, read on to find out what you’re in for, and for those who can’t make it this year, this post will serve as a reminder to mark your calendars to check back in with the blog the weekend of the conference for full blog coverage.

ducks! First thing’s first; the “when and wheres of this year’s meeting: this year’s scientific meeting will be held starting on Friday, October 18 and running until Sunday, October 20th at the world-famous Peabody Hotel in Orlando. (Yes, the one with the ducks!)

But, in addition to the regular conference agenda, we’re also offering our fantastic “Basics Course” for gynecologists, PTs, and nurses on Thursday, October 17th beginning at 8 a.m. (The PHRC PTs who attended the basics course last year raved about it! It was VERY well done!) Some of the topics covered in the basics course include: “Introduction to the Physiology of Chronic Pain,” “Evaluation of CPP: Essential Elements of the History and Gyn Exam,” and “Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Causes of CPP.” (Click here for the full schedule.)

ipps speaker As for the conference agenda, this year’s lineup includes more than 30 speakers with expertise in the pelvic pain arena, including two nationally respected keynote speakers; Jeffrey S. Mogil, PhD, a world-renowned neuroscientist and the foremost expert on how the human brain processes pain and Donna Carrico, WHNP, MS, head of the groundbreaking Women’s Urology Center at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

 Speakers will address a host of topics related to pelvic pain, including:

  • How the brain processes pain: Jeffrey S. Mogil, PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Gender differences in chronic pain: Roger Fillingim, PhD, University of Florida

  • Psychological influences on pain perception: Steve George, PT, PhD, University of Florida

  • Surgical management of advanced endometriosis: Arnold Advincula, MD, FACOG, FACS, Center for Specialized Gynecology, Celebration, Florida

  • Abdominal pain from childhood to adulthood: Lynn Walker, PhD, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN

  • 2-D ultrasound in urological chronic pelvic pain syndromes: Tracy Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

In addition to the topic-driven lectures and lunch roundtable discussions, we have a few other amazing activities lined up!

For one thing, on Friday evening, there will be a fundraising cocktail party at Opa Taverna, a hopping bar with belly dancers! The party will include all-you-can-drink cocktails for three full hours (OPA!), with buffet-style Greek food and lots of great music. It’ll be a fantastic chance to socialize with other IPPS members. (Pace yourselves though as I’ll be looking for you while delivering my presidential address the next morning at 7:55 in the a.m.!)

For another thing, this year we’re hosting a silent auction via the online auction site,  BiddingForGood.com, which will technically begin Oct 10th and run throughout the meeting, ending on Oct 25th. Items on the auctioning block range from medical products to books to fun activities, like tickets to the Chicago Black Hawks game, a week of sailing in the Virgin Islands, and a boat ride in Annapolis, Maryland! (All proceeds will go towards supporting the IPPS in its mandate of providing optimal diagnosis and treatment to the millions of pelvic pain sufferers across the globe.)

In addition, on Saturday morning due to popular demand after last year, the yoga class, “Yoga for Pelvic Pain” will be offered by our beloved pelvic pain yogi, Dustienne Miller.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, this year we’re also bringing back our Friday lunch roundtable discussions from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Seats are limited, so sign up now.) We have a marvelous lineup if I do say so myself. Check it out:

  • Sarah Fox, MD and Ragi Doggweiler, MD, ABIHM: CAM Therapies for Pain
  • Henry Lai, MD and Daniel Kirages, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT: Male Pelvic Pain
  • Lara Burrows, MS, MD and Denniz Zolnoun, MD, MPH: Vulvar Pain
  • Amy Benjamin, MD and Juan Diego Villegas Echeverri, MD: Endometriosis
  • Myself and Michael Hibner, MD, PhD: Pudendal Nerve Issues
  • Alain Watier, MD and Frank Tu, MD, MPH: GI/IBS
  • Maurice K. Chung, RPh, MD, FACOG, ACGE and Robert Echenberg, MD: Bladder/IC
  • Amy Stein, MPT, BCB-PMD, IF and Tracy M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS: General Musculoskeletal Pelvic Pain

Lastly, I am so excited about Sunday’s post-conference function titled “Movement System Approach: Hip and SIJ Diagnosis and Treatment,” delivered by Tracy M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, from Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

After her two lectures titled, “Movement System Impairment Syndromes: Theory” and “Pelvic Pain Related Movement Impairment Syndromes: Case Examples Hip and SIJ,” Tracy will lead us through four labs and wrap up with a question and answer session.

For all of you who are planning to attend, please click here for registration as well as accreditation information.

For those of you who can’t make it this year, please mark your calendars to check our blog during the conference for live updates and coverage throughout the entire meeting!

If anyone has any questions at all about the conference, please do not hesitate to either leave them in the comment section below or email me at: [email protected].

 All my very best,





  1. Its going to be a great weekend and Im looking forward to seeing you and Liz again! After our fun in Amsterdam at World Congress, I know Im ready for more great meetings and good times. Congrats again for your role as President!

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      Thank you so much Debra for the kind words!!!

      I can’t wait to see you in October!

      All my best,

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